Johanne is keenly interested in the brain's plastic capacity, especially following a neurological incident, so research interests include exploration of occupational therapists ability to facilitate and harness this capacity, within clinical and health promotion settings.
Research projects relate to the facilitation of constraint-induced movement therapy and other evidence-based techniques into clinical practice and an exploration of the experience of using a novel cognitive program with a healthy older population.
Unit Chair: HSO207 Neurological Structure, Function & Plasticity and HSO206 Occupation Across the Lifespan
Deakin Fieldwork Supervisor: HSO205, HSO206
International Liaison: OT Program
Walker, J. (2013). Maintaining cognitive health in older individuals: Use of the Brain Fitness Program in Australia. Oral presentation: Occupational Therapy Australia, 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, SA.
Walker, J. (2012). Evidence-based Techniques in Stroke Rehab: Meeting the Challenges. Oral presentation: Hamilton Health Allied Health Staff, Hamilton Hospital, Victoria.
Walker, J. (2011). Facilitating neuroplasticity: Evidence-based novel interventions for occupational therapy practice. Oral presentation: Occupational Therapy Australia, 24th National Conference and Exhibition, Gold Coast, Queensland.
Walker, J. & George, R. (2010). Barriers and Enablers. The use of constraint induced movement therapy within Victorian occupational therapy practice. Oral presentation: Australian State Occupational Therapy Conference, Melbourne, Victoria.
Walker, J. & Carey, L. (2008). Predictors of success following generalized somatosensory training in the hand following stroke. Oral poster session: Australian National Occupational Therapy Conference, Melbourne, Victoria.
Walker, J. (2007). Characteristics influencing success following generalized somatosensory training in the hand following stroke. Oral presentation: Allied Health Forum, Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria.
Walker, J. & Wild, D. (2003). Forced use: Does it force recovery? Poster session: Australian National Occupational Therapy Conference, Melbourne, Victoria.
Walker, J. (Dec, 2013). Head of School, Service Award for developing Internationalism in School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University.
Walker, J. (Feb, 2013). Awarded $21,500 of DIISRTE funding to support the first Occupational Therapy Study Tour.
Walker, J. (April, 2012). Sponsored guest lecturer, OT Program, VIA University College, Aarhus & Holstebro Campuses, Denmark. Topic: Occupational Therapy and Brain Plasticity.
Walker, J. (2004 - 2008). Australian Government Rural and Remote Health Professionals Scholarship. (For professional development education - Master in Occupational Therapy)
Walker, J. (2007). Certificate of Achievement, Barwon Health Quality Improvement Award: Introduction of evidence-based somatosensory discrimination retraining to community OT neuro-rehabilitation service, McKellar Centre. Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria.